Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery

Silkscreen and Offset Lithograph on Hodgkins Handmade Paper, Printed and Published by United Limited Art Editions, New York.
Own a piece of Pop Art and Democratic Party history!
This impressive Rauschenberg print was created for a Democratic Party Human Rights Dinner fundraiser in 1981 to celebrate recipients of the Hubert Humphrey Award. That year's awardees included Jacobo Timerman (Argentine Jewish human rights activist and author of "Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number", and many other works; Clarence Mitchell, Jr., Civil Rights Activist and Chief Lobbyist for the NAACP (who would passed away in 1984), and Irina Brailovsky, Soviet Emigree, Mathematician and leader of the Committee of Concerned Scientists. This mixed media work is classic Rauschenberg in that it embodies the artist's use of color and imagery and his passion for politics. (He was also an avid fan of the Kennedys). It is based on an earlier multiple Rauschenberg did - "Equal Justice Under Law” that combines a real world object, a paper bag, to images on paper of the judicial system and the concept of owning land with the American colors of red, white and blue. However, this work, designed expressly for the 1981 Human Rights Dinner is special in that it has the explicit political text, and is dedicated to these human rights champions. It was created by Rauschenberg as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, and was offered to VIP donors of the 1981 dinner in Los Angeles. Rauschenberg invented the concept of Combines in his work when he combined 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional elements on a single composition.
Excellent condition.

Signature: Signed, dated and numbered on the recto in graphite (front)

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About Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg’s enthusiasm for popular culture and, with his contemporary Jasper Johns, his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. A prolific innovator of techniques and mediums, he used unconventional art materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires. In the early 1950s, Rauschenberg was already gaining a reputation as the art world’s enfant terrible with works such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), for which he requested a drawing (as well as permission) from Willem de Kooning, and proceeded to rub away the image until only ghostly marks remained on the paper. By 1954, Rauschenberg completed his first three-dimensional collage paintings—he called them Combines—in which he incorporated discarded materials and mundane objects to explore the intersection of art and life. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” he said. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece (1981–98), a cumulative artwork, embodies his spirit of eclecticism, comprising a retrospective overview of his many discrete periods, including painting, fabric collage, sculptural components made from cardboard and scrap metal, as well as a variety of image transfer and printing methods.

American, 1925-2008, Port Arthur, Texas, based in New York and Captiva Island, Florida